The Prime Minister's Office denied Wednesday's Ynet report regarding the Israeli intention to hand over to the Palestinians
the bodies of terrorists that were buried in Israel, but a High Court procedure indicates that the State is vigorously working to hand over the bodies.
On Thursday, the State informed the High Court that Israel
was to hand over the bodies.
Over the past few months the High Court has been deliberating on the request of 15 families of Palestinian terrorists. The families petitioned the court in request to retrieve the bodies of their relatives.
According to the State's response, as obtained by Ynet, the State argued the bodies would be transferred as soon as possible.
Following Wednesday's reports regarding the deal to hand over the bodies, the PMO
insisted that "the publications were incorrect and at the moment no transfer of bodies is planned."
In May, however, the State informed the court that in accordance with the decision of the political echelon, under which 91 bodies were handed over to the Palestinians in 2012, the State intended to continue the move.
The State added that the families' petitions may be redundant seeing as the State
had intended to send all bodies.
On Thursday, at the request of Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, the State noted that over the past few weeks, various aspects regarding the exhumation, transfer and identification of the bodies are reviewed."
Palestinian Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh said Wednesday that the coming transfer will most likely consist of dozens of bodies.
He added that Israel has agreed to transfer all the bodies in its possession to the Palestinian Authority and that the Palestinians were waiting until DNA tests to identify the bodies are concluded.
Meanwhile, peace talks between Israel
and the Palestinians resumed Wednesday in Jerusalem.
Elior Levy contributed to this report
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